Sunday, 28 December 2014

Granny Pocket Christmas Hearts

One of the joys of Christmas festivities is catching up with friends and family, in person or through cards, letters, phone calls, texts, facetime, blogs, e-mails, twitter or facebook...

These granny pocket hearts with a Christmas twist have been hooked and sent with love to friends and family through the post...

 a special surprise in their pocket!

 Each unique - just like the recipient!

Wishing you peace and happiness too!

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Coasting towards Christmas!

There has been lots going on at RW HQ!
Most of it has been designing, planning, prototyping and tweaking!
So much cogitation that the poor camera has been forgotten.
One birthday present escaped without its portrait, it will be snapped in-situ over the Christmas holidays and make an appearance in the New Year!

Much of the making is still top secret, 
although a recent commission, for mum to air-mail to her friend, can brighten the long evenings here:

A couple of coasters, the same pattern as these
 made in the warmth from the fire rather than the sun!
They are chunky, to cope with warmer winter beverages,
 and hooked with two strands of cottons used in these.
This one was my prototype, a little lightweight for the purpose...

They are currently coasting to the States!
Hope you have many bright moments this Advent.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Scrumble Swapping!

Have I told you how much I am enjoying freeform crochet?!
  - the freedom of taking wool for a wander, 
randomeandering with several threads, textures, and wiggles!
When Ali of crazy dazy, a fabulously creative knitter, expressed interest in freeform we hatched a collaborative idea of a scrumble swap!

Ali to knit a scrumble and the other Ali (me!) to hook one,
*pop it in the post, for it to cross the waves,  the other Ali to add to it* 
repeat from *to* 
until we feel it is time to stop!

This is the crochet one posted from Brum:

It will be soooo interesting to see what happens next!

I was really excited to receive Ali's parcel
a deliciously bright green and pink beaded scrumble, which reminded her of green cabbages! 

Its so much more random than I thought it could be, and so much better for it!
It looks like crochet..

I really enjoy exploring its shape and holeyness, 
Ali has deliberately made spaces for me to hook into...

 ...I am hesitant to add to it... I propose to view it,
and savour it for a while...then have a go...
as that was its purpose -
to be one ingredient in a feeform collage!
I have been practising some new techniques...

Its so exciting to share creative ideas and I'm enjoying the thrill of the next stage.
Many thanks to Ali for another fun and inspiring adventure in scrumbleland!

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Watching Paint Dry..

...a whole new exciting experience!
At the beginning of September we indulged in a feast for all the senses!
The loud throb of pumping music and witty lyrics of rappers; delicious taste of street food; textures of rough brick and cold steel, sweet scent of spray paint and the most incredible varied vibrant street art....
City of Colours....Birmingham's Street Art Festival

Here's a minute selection of the camera full of photos taken as we sauntered round the changing venues, bathed in warm sun, watching in awe as the walls, arches, buildings, doors and boards were transformed by over a hundred fabulously talented graffiti artists....

Love the details, some identify the artists....


Art over Art...

...even the plants are sprayed!

We watched many hand held sketches come to life and stencils sprayed...

 This colourfully camouflaged multi-padlocked door was photographed a couple of weeks before the event... it is

As we were there for a couple of hours we witnessed progress...

Love how the old industrial red bricked landscape is revitalised..

 and mirrored

 Whilst viewing a completed mural, several bursts of paint came over the wall from an artist on the other side, sailing freely through the barbed wire, an unphotographed but powerful image!

 Amongst all the giant colourful monumental wall sized art there were stickers, flyers,
 and tiny sketches...the light and shade of the white lines of this door jamb painting, just a few centimetres tall...

I was instantly captivated by this just completed wall....

and its interaction with the scaffolding!

 We arrived just in time to see the artist spray his missed his technique of flicking the spray paint...

 Mr RW spotted the discarded masking tape peppered with spray....which resulted in a chat with the artist, and purchase of a fabulously splattered canvas in firey colours (I had to borrow the money from RW Jnr as I had already spent mine!!)

A small strip of this amazingly coloured ball of  rainbows also came home with the smell of the paint on our return.

At home, using the event map we tried to identify the artists  - and in the following week many social network venues burst with beautiful images...
I think most of them are captured here, here, here, and here,
with the added bonus of tagged artists...
well worth a look - to see some of the works in progress in their completed glory!
 We have re-visited some of the walls since,
many are still there, some on display, hidden gems behind shutters, doors and gates....or even behind another layer of paint!
As much of the area is bisected by railway arches, jewels of vibrant walls can be glimpsed from the train...and there's a huge sprayed wall we missed by the coach station...

I have said it before, but I will say it again
we are so privileged to live in such a diverse, colourful, vibrant and inspiring city!

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Round and Round....

...the garden!

Way back in the spring, along with the bulb and seed planting an idea began to germinate...
it appeared in stages, that evaded the camera!
...firstly tiny spirals...followed by miniature flowers....

They were intended as mini garden brooches, but some are too fine for a chunky metal back.
They have been quietly blooming waiting for inspiration...
an additional felt backing?....might fade the light through the stitches...
mounting? as a  reminder of summer gardens...searching for a suitable frame...
Still pondering...

  The smallest is 5cm across, and the largest 7cm, not far to walk down the garden path!
Total tiny garden weigh in, a delicate 10g!

Meanwhile, I invested in an even smaller hook...
 more flowers are blooming for bright gardens throughout the winter!
Some watery themes are in the pipeline, 
parts made, 
ready for assembling!
Some projects take time to grow!